Mike Cho and myself flew out to Chicago for Gamesday and met up with Fritz who drove (With his wife.) There is nothing like seeing good people and having good times.
Here was me with a girl from the plane. Her name is Michelle, and she made the first cut for American Idol I think and was excited to be going to the next round. I figured why not grab a pic with some one soon to be mega famous! I will be watching for her in January.
Lets start with the negative and get it out of the way. It seems Games Workshop is setting a new standard for doing the lest amount of work as possible and still get away with calling it a Games Workshop event. This was the smallest Gamesday I have attended. The numbers are down, a lot. Who knows why... probably because it is in Chicago and traveling to Chicago sucks.
But worse, it seems that Games Workshop seemed eerily not in attendance! What I am saying is that gone was the eye candy. The goods. Case after case of beautiful eye candy and displays. There was nothing. Well I won't say nothing. They did have a massive big game that was chock full of models, and they had a big tank game full of bane blades. But Gamesday to me used to be about looking at beautiful stuff and interesting stuff on display, and there was none of that.
There was a lot going on, but I don't know, it just seemed flat. Perhaps others who attended can help me elaborate.
On with the good.
All the great times!
First, on Friday Night, Fritz, Cho and Myself went out to the GW Battle Bunker to try to get some games. Sadly though, it seemed no one was interested in playing! There were a lot of people, but aside from the sales dudes trying to push Chaos Demons on us, almost all of them were heavily invested in playing big 3v3 or more games. The only guy interested in playing at all was a dude teaching another dude how to play 5th edition.
So Fritz and I grabbed a table and started playing! I learned a big lesson. Never play a game vs Fritz on a table that perfectly matches his army.
He nearly tabled me. Batrep to follow.
Here is some eye candy from the bunker.
Saturday morning came and I found myself sitting in line with all the rest of the people. This was my first year in half a decade going to Gamesday as a normal person. Waiting in line sucks. Then I found out that they were letting in the Golden Demon entries an hour early. Score.
I decided to pull out some models from my transport and enter them!
I threw in my priest and my scouts. Both of whom made FIRST CUT! I take that as an honored compliment considering the amazing competition and the fact that these models, while painted for competition, were not painted for Demons. It inspired me to actually try for next year. My first attempt to win a Demon was thwarted by a douche who entered a Dark Angels squad purchased from and painted by a famous artist who has won herself many demons. I spoke to the staff that year and they told me that I missed the bronze by just a hair, edged out by that squad. Drat. Oh well. I only brought these models to play on the open tables, so a first cut is more than I ever expected. I do believe that my Sanguinor had a chance to at least make final cut, but when I pulled him out he had a big chip in his paint on his chest. These models were painted to play with, and they take damage. Oh well.
So any way, I was in. Fritz and Cho were still waiting outside and I was free to roam the show. I was among the first into the retail area, and I was one of the very few to score a coveted limited edition print of the cover art for the new Horus Heresy book by James Swallow! He was in attendance signing autographs, so I had him sign the book and print for me.